Hanging out at some of the best sports bars in Abu Dhabi, where everyone is rooting for their favourite team, is an electrifying experience. Whether it’s celebratory high fives with strangers or counter slams after a foul play, you can feel the energy and passion in the air.

If you’re a sports lover looking for the perfect spot to grab a drink and watch the action as it unfolds, then Yas Island Abu Dhabi is the place to be.


The Five Best Sports Bars in Abu Dhabi

From HD screens and ice-cold beverages to lively atmospheres and tasty bites galore, here are our five picks of Abu Dhabi bars to check out for all things sports:


1. Stars’ N’ Bars

Stars’ n’ Bars is an award-winning, American-style sports bar in Yas Marina. A Monte Carlo, Monaco original, it features 76 HD TVs broadcasting live sports from across the globe. This pub’s interior design is a nod to sports fans, with wall-to-wall memorabilia and F1 racetrack seats as chairs.

Stars’ N’ Bars’s menu boasts popular American and Tex-Mex dishes, including classic burgers, wings, ribs, nachos, fajitas, steaks and salads. If you want to treat yourself to a hearty meal at this sports bar in Abu Dhabi, you might want to bring a friend (or 10) because you’ll definitely have plenty to share.

When it’s not showing the hottest matches and games, Stars’ N’ Bars still has a lot going on. They have happy hour deals on hops, house pours and mixed drinks, along with quiz nights, game nights, and live music running all week long, so be it a night out with your family or an after-work hangout with colleagues, this spot will not disappoint.


2. Hickory’s Sports Bar

Hickory’s Sports Bar is a refined pub with a Spanish-inspired design located on the stunning Yas Links Golf Club. Of all Abu Dhabi sports bars, Hickory’s is the only one offering a terrace with mesmerising views of the championship links course and the endless mangrove expanse, in addition to a wicker lounge seating area almost on the banks of the Arabian Gulf.

Inside, the wood-panelled bar, autumnal-hued decor and colossal plasma screens call sports enthusiasts to cheer on their favourite teams while enjoying an assortment of steaks, pizzas and pies.


3. Belgian Cafe Yas Island

Abu Dhabi pubs and bars don’t get more authentic than Belgian Cafe Yas Island. Found inside the Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, this pub is a slice of 1920s Belgium. Think dark wood interiors, vintage-style decor and a cosy atmosphere that’ll make you feel right at home.

The pub offers indoor and outdoor seating areas with HD screens perfect for watching sports games, along with an original Belgian menu featuring classics like moules frites (mussels and fries), waffles and the juiciest steaks in all of Abu Dhabi.

It also carries an extensive selection of Belgian drinks, from Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde to Stella Artois.


4. McCafferty’s Yas Island

A genuine piece of Ireland and one of the newest additions to Abu Dhabi bars: McCafferty’s Irish Pub. It’s a sports fan’s paradise with more high-quality HD screens than most sports bars in Hilton Yas Island. They broadcast all the latest sporting events from GAA matches, Rugby Championship, Premier League games and everything in between so you can follow your favourite teams whenever and wherever they play.

On the beverages front, McCafferty’s offers 10 different hops and some of the most refreshing apple-based beverages on tap. You can also score buckets of bottled hops, short measures and an excellent selection of grapes that you can enjoy by the glass or bottle.

All of McCafferty’s dishes are fresh and cooked to order, with vegan and vegetarian options available. You’ll find an extensive menu (or, more accurately, five: breakfast, lunch, dinner, kids and late bites) of all the classic pub grub dishes, such as fish and chips, burgers, chicken wings and more.


5. Lock Stock & Barrel

Lock Stock & Barrel occupies prime real estate on the Yas Bay waterfront and is one of the most popular Abu Dhabi bars. It’s a hip, retro-industrial party bar with a lively atmosphere, featuring an open kitchen, a live music stage and a large terrace overlooking the bay.

For sports fans, Lock Stock & Barrel is the ideal spot to kick back with a cold one and catch up on the latest games. The bar is known for its Tex-Mex menu with crowd favourites like nachos, tacos, burgers and fried chicken. Don’t forget to try their signature one-metre-long flatbread loaded with four different toppings.


Game On!

The next time you want to put on your team’s jersey and enjoy a game on the big screen, visit one of these top sports bars in Abu Dhabi. Remember to keep an eye out for the latest Yas Island offers because you never know what deals or exclusive experiences you might be able to snag at these exciting hotspots.